Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
April 30, 2021
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 “There are two ways of waking up in the morning, One is to say, ‘Good morning, God.’ And the other is to say, ‘Good God, morning!”
-Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen


How do I want to start each day?


God of all mornings, help me to begin each day lifting my face to you. Remind me before I even put my feet on the floor that my day if a gift from you and belongs to you. Allow me to see the ways throughout my day that I can glorify your name and share the Good News of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Faith Formation Weekly Update

Last Session of the 2020/2021 Virtual Women’s Conference

May 5, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. will be the last session of the 2020 Virtual Women’s Conference series. This month’s workshops: 
  • Workshop: Virtuous Mary: Following Jesus by Imitating Her Virtues
    As we enter this Month of Mary, let us reflect on 10 of her amazing virtues, and how by imitating them, we can continue to grow and respond daily to our call to holiness.
  • Spiritual Workshop: SoulCore
    SoleCore is movement born from the desire to nourish body and soul through prayer and core strengthening, functional exercises. The workout involves a combination of core-strengthening and isometric exercises, stretching and overall strengthening of the entire body and prayer. (Note: Please have a chair handy for this part of the evening
Thank you so much for joining us for the 2020-2021 virtual Women's Conference! We hope that you enjoyed all that we had to offer this year and we hope to bring you more spiritually enriching opportunities in the future!

Enrichment Opportunities

Joe Paprocki: Why Do We Have To Go To Mass? With restrictions being lifted and more and more people getting vaccinated and comfortable gathering, it is a good time to think about encouraging families to return to Mass. Joe Paprocki has an excellent short video for parents to answer their child’s question: “Why do we have to go to Mass?” 
For those who Missed the Workshop on Innovative Digital Strategies for Faith Formation, here is link to watch a recording. Be prepared to be inspired by many creative ideas. Click here for a list of links to the individual presentations and websites that were featured in the workshop so you can see firsthand how children and families can be formed in the faith through interactive digital content.

Seasonal Resources

With May just around the corner, it is the perfect time to think about ways to celebrate our Blessed Mother with May Crowning services and other family activities.


NCYC Ticket Sales Begin May 1, 2021 

The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) this year will be held on November 18 - 21, 2021 and new for this year, there will be three options to participate: 
  • In-Person in Indianapolis (ticket sales begin May 1, 2021: please contact the OEEC if you are interested in this option.)
  • Virtual Participation
  • Streaming Participation
Check out our website for more information and updates. Missed our NCYC Informational Meeting? Click here to watch the recording. If you have any questions, the NFCYM (National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry) just posted their FAQs on their website, or please feel free to email us


“The angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb .... On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” (Revelation 22:1-2)
You are the one God chooses. Jesus desires to pour out the whole of his blessings on you, right now, right here. We invite you to imagine, prayerfully, the images of Jesus’ love for you described in these verses from the Book of Revelation. How do you experience it when God feeds and heals you?

Catholic Biblical School Weekly Update

Catholic Biblical School Applications and Registrations Now Active!


CBS Pilgrimage 2022

Catholic Biblical School Pilgrimage 2022 is Filling Up! Don’t miss this chance to encounter Jesus on the land he called home. Now’s the time to register for the 12-day CBS Pilgrimage to Israel with our spiritual guides, Archbishop Blair and Bishop Betancourt. All are welcome! Click here for more details.

Returning to the Catholic Biblical School after an Absence?

If you completed one or more years of the Catholic Biblical School and would like to return this fall, please contact BJ Daly Horell to discuss placement and other options.


New Satellite Sites for Fall 2021!

In partnership with the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Leadership Institute, a satellite site will be in place in Fairfield County. Want to set up a remote location near you? Contact the Biblical School to find out how to arrange a “satellite site” in your area.

Alumni Ministers of Hospitality Needed!

If you are a CBS alum and would like to host a CBS Satellite Site (no tech savvy required), please contact BJ at

CBS 2021-22

  • CBS 100 classes will meet in the Hartford area on Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; at Saint Aloysius in Plantsville on Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; and virtually (including all satellite sites) on Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • CBS 200 will meet at Sacred Heart Parish, Bloomfield, on Mondays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Virtual classes (including all satellite sites) will meet on Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • CBS Advanced Years will meet in person on Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Saint Bridget of Sweden, Cheshire and on Saturday mornings, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish, Bloomfield. Virtual classes (including all satellite sites) will meet on Tuesday evenings.
  • Fall courses will begin the week of September 20 - 24, 2021.
  • First-Year Opening Scripture Day will be September 11, 2021.
  • Second-Year Opening Scripture Day will be September 18, 2021.

Weekly Highlights

Song of the Week: Enjoy this classic hymn, The Summons.
Article of the Week: As restrictions begin to be lifted and the world continues to open up, we are all eager to see our parishes once again become places of vitality. In the article Six Ways to Get Parish Renewal Started learn how to envision a vibrant parish focused on mission for Christ.
Around the Archdiocese
Want to know what is going on "Around the Archdiocese"? This feature on the OEEC website is the place to go to learn of upcoming events around the Archdiocese. 

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